Eagles Hang On To Snap Losing Skid

Post game update courtesy of Bell Aliant – Twitter: @Bell_Aliant #FibreOP

By: Jeremy Fraser

  Justin Haché’s goal at 8:47 of the second period proved to be the game winner, as the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles hung on to defeat the Saint John Sea Dogs 2-1 in front of 1,855 fans on hand on a stormy Tuesday night at Centre 200.

  With the win, the Screaming Eagles snap a ten-game losing streak, which dated back to December 21st 2012. The win also marked the first of 2013 for the hockey club.

  Along with Haché scoring for Cape Breton, Charles-Eric Légaré also chipped in with a goal for the Screaming Eagles, who improve to 10-29-3-5 on the season.

  Pierre Durepos scored the lone goal for the Sea Dogs, who fall to 19-27-0-0 on the year.

  Saint John opened the scoring in the game as Pierre Durepos’ point shot beat Screaming Eagles goaltender David Honzik for his fourth goal of the season on the power play at 6:16 of the first period, Jakub Izacky and Olivier Leblanc were given the assists.

  The Screaming Eagles would answer to tie the game at one as Charles-Eric Légaré banged home a loose puck for his seventh goal of the season at 15:16 of the opening period, Clark Bishop and Timothé Simard picked up the helpers on the goal.

  Cape Breton took the lead and never looked back at 8:47 of the second period as Justin Haché buried his fifth goal of the season beating Sea Dogs goaltender Alex Fournier, Bronson Beaton and Bryce Milson were given credit for the assists.

  David Honzik made 25 saves in the win for Cape Breton, his record improves to 3-12-0-1, while Alex Fournier turned aside 35 of 37 shots in the loss for Saint John, his record falls to 0-7-0-0.

  The Screaming Eagles next game is on Thursday, January 24th when they host former Eagle Logan Shaw and the Quebec Remparts. Game time is 7:00pm from Centre 200.

Tuesday Night Game Notes:

Not in the lineup for Cape Breton: Loic Leduc (Lower Body), Kyle Farrell (Concussion), Jakub Culek (Upper Body) and William Carrier (Lower Body).

Not in the lineup for Saint John: Forwards, Jonathan Huberdeau (NHL, Florida Panthers), Connor Donaghey (Shoulder) and Stephen Anderson (Flu) along with defensemen David Weckworth (Knee), Michael Abbott (Lower Body) and Jurij Repe (Broken Hand).

Walsh Returns To Lineup: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles defenseman John-Michael Walsh returned to the clubs lineup on Tuesday night. Walsh missed 19 games with a broken arm, which he suffered on November 24th at Harbour Station in Saint John.  The 18-year-old finished the game with one shot.

Mosher Called Up: The Saint John Sea Dogs called up defenseman David Mosher from the Maritime Junior Hockey League’s Truro Bearcats for the road trip. Mosher, with the Bearcats this season, has a goal and six assists in 30 games. The 18-year-old was a 2011 invite to Sea Dogs training camp.

Malone Makes Return To Centre 200: Saint John Sea Dogs right winger Brett Malone returned to Centre 200 for the first time since being placed on waivers by the Screaming Eagles on January 7th. The Shawinigan Cataractes picked up Malone off waivers and traded him to Saint John for a 10th round pick at the 2014 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft on January 8th. He was a  -1 in the game.

Misconduct: Saint John Sea Dogs right winger Justin Dickinson was given a misconduct for not clearing the area of a fight during the second period.

Hits: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles center Clark Bishop had four hits in the game, while Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman Steven Duda had three hits in the contest. Cape Breton out hit Saint John 14-10.

Fights: There was two fight in the game. Oliver Cooper (Saint John) Vs. Raphaël Corriveau (Cape Breton) and Olivier Leblanc (Saint John) Vs. Clark Bishop (Cape Breton).

Final Shots On Goal: 37-26 in favor of Cape Breton.

Cape Breton went 0/3 on the power play, while Saint John went 1/3.

Dickies hardest working player of the game went to  Zachery Moody.

Three Stars:

1st –  (CAP) – Charles-Eric Légaré (1g, 1pt)
2nd – (CAP) – Raphaël Corriveau (two hits, no pts)
3rd – (SNB) – Alex Fournier (35 saves)

Attendance on Tuesday night at Centre 200 – 1,855

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